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Atikh Rashid


Atikh is Senior Correspondent with The Indian Express’ Pune bureau and reports on local issues, politics, governance and cinema. He tweets @ThePikaro

Know Your City: Thorla Shaikh Salla Dargah, a 14th-century Pune shrine patronised by the Peshwas
Sat, May 28, 2022

In 1768, Madhavrao Peshwa I even allotted Rs 1,400 to carry out some construction work at two prominent dargahs in Pune, one of which was Shaikh Salla's.

Maharashtra govt publishes draft rules for wine sale in supermarkets, seeks suggestions till June 29
Thu, Apr 07, 2022

The policy declared by the government on January 27 created a controversy in the state with severe objection from opposition parties. Activist Anna Hazare announced a fast unto death if the government did not roll back the policy.

Know Your City: After 1857 revolt, British considered moving India’s capital to Pune
Wed, Mar 23, 2022

During the British government’s search for a more centrally-located capital, Viceroy Lord John Lawrence suggested Poona as a “salubrious” option only “eighty miles distant, and connected by railway with Bombay.”

Know Your City: How Pune’s Sangam, the ‘most enviable residence’, was gutted in the Third Anglo-Maratha war
Thu, Mar 17, 2022

In the late 1700s, British Resident Charles Warre Malet’s dwelling 'Sangam' had emerged as a cultural hub acquainting the Maratha nobility with European arts, sciences and medicine.

Know Your City: Ghashiram Kotwal, the police chief of Pune who was lynched by locals in 1791
Wed, Feb 23, 2022

The only evidence of Ghashiram's iron fisted reign of Pune is dilapidated parts of the mansion that he (or his sons) built in eastern parts of the city just a few years before Kotwal's gruesome lynching.

How Rahul Bajaj and Bajaj Chetak beat Government restrictions, legal challenges by competitors
Sun, Feb 13, 2022

After the success of Bajaj scooters, Italian automobile manufacturer Piaggio accused Bajaj Auto of “misappropriating the design of Vespa” and continuing to manufacture the two-wheelers even after the end of the contract in 1971.

Know Your City: The ‘Jumbo Hospitals’ that British set up in Pune during the bubonic plague and why locals hated them
Sat, Jan 29, 2022

The city had separate plague hospitals for Hindus, Muslims, and Parsis, apart from a General Plague Hospital, managed by respective communities to address the concerns of “caste contamination”.

NCP leader Amol Kolhe plays Godse in short film, puts party in a fix
Sat, Jan 22, 2022

Amol Kolhe has urged people to differentiate between ‘reel life’ and ‘real life’.

Know Your City: How badminton was born in Pune as a pastime for bored British officers, their wives
Sun, Dec 19, 2021

The first informal set of rules of badminton — initially called 'Poona' – were formed in India by the British colonists in 1867. Later, as the British officers took the game back home, it acquired the name of Badminton after the country estate of Duke of Beaufort.

Never met Shah Rukh Khan; Bollywood stars soft target for central agencies: Malik
Tue, Nov 30, 2021

🔴 NCP leader Nawab Malik reiterated that Bollywood was being targeted and maligned by central agencies because "a plan has been hatched to shift the film industry to Uttar Pradesh."

Babasaheb Purandare, ‘Shivaji’s Bard’ who brought him alive through stories
Mon, Nov 15, 2021

In his prolific writing career, Purandare wrote several books, almost exclusively focussing on Shivaii's life and times, including a two-volume biography of 'Raje Shivchhatrapati'.

Agree with Kangana’s remarks on Independence, says actor Vikram Gokhale
Mon, Nov 15, 2021

“I agree with what Kangana has said. We got freedom in alms. The fighters who wanted to snatch it from the British were hanged and the bigwigs at that time did not attempt to save them,” Gokhale said.

Know Your City: Pune-Mumbai journey was an arduous three-day affair until Bhor Ghat was conquered
Sun, Nov 14, 2021

In the early 19th century, those travelling between Pune and Mumbai had to journey through the plains using palanquins, carts or horses, then traverse the sea in boats and finally undertake a multi-mile trek along the treacherous Bhor Ghat.

To weaken strike, MSRTC locks workers out of staff rooms, throws luggage out
Fri, Nov 12, 2021

More than 50 drivers, conductors and mechanics were suspended by the MSRTC’s Pune division over ‘disciplinary reasons’ by Thursday evening.

Know Your City: Bavankhani, a ‘place of pleasure’ in Peshwa-era Pune
Sun, Oct 24, 2021

While some historians describe it as an establishment that hosted famed courtesans of the time, others blame it for having begotten the present-day red light area of Budhwar Peth.

Know Your City: When a British officer proposed demolition of Shaniwar Wada to ‘improve ventilation’ in old city
Sun, Oct 10, 2021

The report 'Sanitary State of the City of Poona' submitted by Dr A H Leith to the Bombay Governor in 1863 recommended that the walls of Shaniwar Wada be pulled down to give the city an open square and a wide east-west road.

IT professional arrested at Pune airport for making hoax bomb threat
Fri, Oct 08, 2021

Police said that the accused seemed to be mentally disturbed and had been taken into custody.

Colleges, universities in Pune district allowed to open from Oct 11
Fri, Oct 08, 2021

Students will be allowed to attend classes only if they have received both doses of the vaccine

Pune Airport: The scheduled shutdown comes 12 years after the last one in 2008
Thu, Oct 07, 2021

At that time too, the Indian Air Force had carried out a recarpeting of the runway and had shut the airport for all civil flights for 15 days.

Pune airport to remain shut for 14 days from October 16
Fri, Oct 08, 2021

Pune Airport shut from October 16: The closure will come as a big jolt to airline traffic which was badly affected due to interstate travel restrictions during and immediately after the second wave of Covid-19 infections and was slowly returning to normal.

Know Your City: Colonial Pune, a city with two settlements as different ‘as North and South poles’
Sat, Oct 02, 2021

Within decades of the British rule, 'Poona Camp' emerged as a suburb physically and culturally distinct from the old city, complete with residential areas, military establishments and bazaars

Pune: Metro line from Swargate to Katraj gets civic body’s nod, likely to be operational by June 2026
Thu, Sep 23, 2021

The 5.5-km-long extension will have three stations serving the heavily populated areas in the southern part of the city.

Govt takes steps to curb pollution at Sinhagad Fort: Ban on plastic use, e-buses to take tourists to the fort
Sat, Sep 18, 2021

PMPML electric buses will take tourists from the parking area to the fort located 9 km away.

Time to launch agitation against Uddhav govt for Lokayukta Act: Anna Hazare
Fri, Sep 10, 2021

Hazare said that for the same demand, he had staged a seven-day hunger strike in 2019 during Devendra Fadnavis’s regime and, at that time, Thackeray and Pawar had expressed support for his demand.

Day after a high of 1.85 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses, vaccination numbers in Pune district drop by half
Thu, Sep 09, 2021

Only 744 vaccination centres were open on Wednesday -- 481 public and 263 private ones -- as compared to Tuesday when vaccination took place at a total of 806 centres, including 545 public and 261 private ones.